The Guardian September 19, 2001


Afghan women denounce terrorism

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) made 
the following statement on September 14, on the terrorist attack on the US. 
The women of RAWA have been in the forefront of the struggle against the 
Taliban regime.

The people of Afghanistan have nothing to do with Osama (bin Laden) and his 
accomplices. RAWA stands with the rest of the world in expressing our 
sorrow and condemnation for this barbaric act of violence and terror.

RAWA had already warned that the United States should not support the most 
treacherous, most criminal, most anti-democracy and anti-women Islamic 
fundamentalist parties because after both the Jehadi and the Taliban have 
committed every possible type of heinous crimes against our people.

They would feel no shame in committing such crimes against the American 
people whom they consider "infidel". In order to gain and maintain their 
power, these barbaric criminals are ready to turn easily to any criminal 
force.

But unfortunately we must say that it was the government of the United 
States who supported Pakistani dictator General Zia-ul Haq in creating 
thousands of religious schools from which the germs of Taliban emerged.

In a similar way, as is clear to all, Osama Bin Laden has been the blue-
eyed boy of the CIA. But what is more painful is that American politicians 
have not drawn a lesson from their pro-fundamentalist policies in our 
country and are still supporting this or that fundamentalist band or 
leader.

In our opinion any kind of support to the fundamentalist Taliban and 
Jehadies is actually trampling democratic, women's rights and human rights 
values.

If it is established that the suspects of the terrorist attacks are outside 
the US, our constant claim that fundamentalist terrorists would devour 
their creators, is proved once more.

The US Government should consider the root cause of this terrible event, 
which has not been the first and will not be the last. The US should stop 
supporting Afghan terrorists and their supporters once and for all.

Now that the Taliban and Osama are the prime suspects by the US officials 
after the criminal attacks, will the US subject Afghanistan to a military 
attack similar to the one in 1998 and kill thousands of innocent Afghans 
for the crimes committed by the Taliban and Osama?

Does the US think that through such attacks, with thousands of deprived, 
poor and innocent people of Afghanistan as its victims, it will be able to 
wipe out the root-cause of terrorism, or will it spread terrorism to an 
even larger scale?

From our point of view a vast and indiscriminate military attack on a 
country that has been facing permanent disasters for more than two decades 
will not be a matter of pride. We don't think such an attack would be the 
expression of the will of the American people.

The US Government and people should know that there is a vast difference 
between the poor and devastated people of Afghanistan and the terrorist 
Jehadi and Taliban criminals.

While we once again announce our solidarity and deep sorrow with the people 
of the US, we also believe that attacking Afghanistan and killing its most 
ruined and destitute people will not in any way decrease the grief of the 
American people.

We sincerely hope that the great American people could DIFFERENTIATE 
between the people of Afghanistan and a handful of fundamentalist 
terrorists. Our hearts go out to the people of the US.

Down with terrorism!

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